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2003 Oldsmobile Alero from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission Automatic
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired86000 kilometres
Most recent distance186000 kilometres

Summary:

Fantastic!

Faults:

Wheel bearings needed to be replaced (under warranty)

Fuel pump failure (thanks to a friend playing a joke, putting stuff in my tank.. not because of the car)

Squeaky brakes.

General Comments:

Besides the general upkeep (oil changes, wiper blades, etc) it has been very inexpensive to own and run, and has been quite reliable.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th January, 2009

2003 Oldsmobile Alero GL 3.4L V6 from North America

Model year2003
Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 3.4L V6 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 3 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
4.4 / 10
Distance when acquired39000 kilometres
Most recent distance58693 kilometres
Previous carPontiac Grand Am

Summary:

It's a piece of junk

Faults:

Seems like this car should be yellow, it's a lemon and I am getting awful sick of repairing it every week or two.

What has gone wrong

-Wheel bearings (Both were replaced within a week apart)

-Front end Bushings

-Tie Rod End

-Brakes

-Intake Manifold/Head Gasket

-Battery

-Alternator 4x

-Window Regulator

-Gauges--They go all over, and seem to go crazy.

Also I noticed that the instrument panel lights randomly come on, and go out.

General Comments:

I like the performance of this car but in the reliability and comfort department it is an absolute piece.

The seats are hard, and not very comfortable after travelling for about half hour I get sore.

It's left me on the road 3 times in the past week and a half.

First time battery light came on, went out. Drove it over the weekend, then battery light came on along with check engine. Then car stalled. Had it towed to a mechanic who said that alternator needed replacing, gave the go ahead and was replaced. Went and picked it up, didn't even get a block away, when battery light returned and car died. Went back to the mechanic, it was the alternator AGAIN, and there was an electric short, so the mechanic spent 2 days looking for the short, finally found it in the window regulator motor. That was replaced.

Took a rental for the day and had the car back the 4 days later. Went out on Sunday and went to leave to return home when "low coolant" light came on, checked coolant reservoir and coolant completely drained from reservoir.

Refilled reservoir tank, leaked out again. Took in to dealer, found Intake Manifold was gone..

Got the car back this morning, and this afternoon about 12:30, went to store locked car with remote and the horn sounded funny. Went to start car and won't turn over. Spoke to dealer that fixed Intake, and Service told me to bring it in. Finally after sitting for 2 minutes it started. Went down the street on way to GM dealer, when battery light returns along with "check engine" car starts bucking and jerking.. stalled. Had to get towed back to mechanic. Still waiting for diagnois. Have another rental, and honestly cannot afford repairs on this car all the time as I am a student, and also can't afford rental bills either! No more GM for me. I've had it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th September, 2008

7th Oct 2008, 09:27

You bought a car you actually have to take care of. Brakes, battery, tie rods. These all have to be replaced on any car on the road, ANY CAR!!

7th Oct 2008, 15:56

Sorry dude, you probably got a dud... mines been going 6 years strong... never left me nowhere, and had no major engine issues that stopped her from running... most reliable car I ever had, and my Mom's got one too.. like sorry your impression was bad, but mine has been great from 55000 to 1650000 miles, and it's going strong.

2003 Oldsmobile Alero 2.2 from North America

Year of manufacture2003
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 2.2 Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 0 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 0 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
3.2 / 10
Distance when acquired23000 miles
Most recent distance63000 miles
Previous carFord Taurus

Summary:

Absolute crap

Faults:

Passlock twice, drivers side window motor, both front wheel bearing assemblies, brake rotors.

General Comments:

I have owned many cars around 100. This 03 Alero that I purchased for my daughter is the worst P.O.S. I have ever owned. It will be traded next time she is in town. I feel sorry for the next sap that gets stuck with it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 27th June, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 40 reviews